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he wore the uniform. always a challenge to the civilian leadership of the prosecute pentagon. at times of war. there's also a big policy debate in the next two years at the drawdown from afghanistan continues. then the other part of this is what is the big debate that's happening in this town over the next year, and it's going to be the budgets. the pentagon is a big part of this. what better than to have a republican senator be the guy on capitol hill lobbying and dealing with the pentagon, which is inevitable, but it's not an easy thing to do, so why not have a republican make that argument? it's the big picture thinking as far as the president is concerned. i want to talk to miling lighter for a moment. he had been at the cia and some said he wanted to be the first cia director. he was opposed by a lot of -- on the left when those that were against policies that he had after 9/11 and under the bush white house, including enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding. >> why is he the right fit for cia? >> i think is he the right fit that he knows the building
for the top job at the pentagon. the announcement expected to be made in the last couple of days. reports the president has set isled on chuck hagel. why to you think he picked him given the republican opposition and some from the left flank as well? >> the only thing i can think of is that he believes hagel is as a kind of a maverick would not drink the kool-aid as the white house may see it on pentagon military spending and so on. this he would be a counter force over there and not an advocate for the armed forces in the way that even leon panetta has become. the warnings that we are hearing for example about the effect of the sequester so called on the pentagon the dire warnings have come from panetta not from the white house. the president isn't going around warning about that. leon panetta is. i think that is the reason. are other evacuees, i otherwisr course. really not a particularly distinguished record in the senate or anywhere else. i'm not suggesting he didn't fight valiantly when was himself a soldier, i'm not suggesting that. an odd guy. there is this tinge of suspicion about
is james clapper, a former three-star military man from the pentagon. under him are 16 intelligence agencies and the cia is one of those before that, the director of central intelligence had nominally have the coordination role. now, the cia is one of 16 but it is our primary spy agency. its role under the reorganization has become even more crucial. if you have seen "zero dark thirty," it shows the central the cia played in identifying the career and once we identified him, we found the house in about a block and then we found osama bin laden. host: senator john mccain said he wants to take a closer look at the interrogation policies of the bush administration and john brennan's involvement in that. guest: i applaud with john mccain said about interrogation. he has been saying for ever that torture does not work and he should know. he was in the hanoi hilton for so long and tortured by north vietnam during the war. he is right, in my view. i did serve on the intelligence committee for eight years. i was there in the 1990's and came back and was a ranking member. i think we should l
on the way to the pentagon was his lgbt rights. he rejected james hormel to be ambassador to luxembourg with frankly offensive comments. hagel told a local newspaper i'm quoting ambassadorial posts are sensitive. they're representing america. they're representing our lifestyles values and standards, and i think it's an inhibiting factor to be openly, aggressively gay like mr. hormel to do a better job. this was the late 90s and toxic homophobia was very common common, hagel has apologized for those remarks and said as secretary of defense he will support open service and lgbt military families. now the log cabin republicans the lgbt gay advocacy group did not seem too impressed. they put out an ad chuck hagel hagel's apology, too little, too late. james hormel, the man hagel rejected and slandered had a very different take. quote, senator hagel stated in his remarks that he was willing to support open military service and lgbt military families. if that is a commitment to treat lgbt services members and families like everybody else, i would support his nomination. starting with hagel i
is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been calling out, trying to reach senators and get some support for hagel here. we're also hearing from jim acosta, trying to push back on this idea that he's anti-israel, that comments on the jewish lobby were poorly worded and he has apologized. are they confident they'll be able to push that nomination through and get a confirmation? >> reporter: talking to sources here, they feel pretty good about it. as you know, there are even democratic senators that have concerns. talking with sources at the white house, there is a sense that a number of things that chuck hagel will have to answer for in a confirmation process but there is a feeling here that he has good answers to the questions he will be asked and he may be able to win over some people. as you know, for instance, the comments where he said jewish lobby, when he
served in the pentagon and people who served in the clinton pentagon that are well thought of on a bipartisan basis . i don't know why the president wants him maybe he likes the fact that chuck hagel complained about the power of the jewish lobby and one of the few senators who voted against the iran sanction and refused to desigate the iranian guard as terrorist group. maybe he likes that record. >> one of the things that hagel gets dinged on is one on one negotiations on the nuclear program. he said i am not a pace 50 and i believe in using force but only after a decision making process. i will do everything i can to avoid needless and senseless war. nina, is that unreasonable for a secretary of defense to have? >> it is in line with where the president is going in terms of use not putting troops on the ground anymore. he made that clear. he wants to rely on unmanned drones in afghanistan and fight terrorism that way. i think brit is right he's in line with the president on the issues and if you go forward and look at spending cut that is are going to have to come down in
knows the hill. he's a soldier. he's been in combat and knows the pentagon. he's the right guy to do the job. >> john, tony brought up that he's a soldier. there's an argument of a civilian at the top of defense because perhaps keeps us going to war less easily or often. what do you think about having a soldier who's been there and done that at the top of the defense? >> i this is the best nomination the president's made in both of the taerms. he is controversial and stands for something. you know, chuck hagel's someone who i have known since 2007 when we were arguing against a troop increase in iraq and i can tell you on a personal level especially reading his book he cares what happens to the soldier or the marine on the ground embedded in combat and i think in afghanistan with green on blue killings, a question of projection of force and embedded with afghan troops, this is someone to say is this worth the sacrifice and there was a large debate in washington, d.c. prior to the increase of troops in afghanistan and hagel quietly was on the side that was against the president's plan
setled on chuck hagel to lead the pentagon. it comes despite many indications that he would face rocky confirmation hearing. he has a history of blunted statements including a reference to, quote. jewish lobby as an intimidating force on capitol hill that would draw scrutiny. once more he has at times resisted sanctions against iran for its nuclear program and balked efforts to designate hezbollah as a terrorist group. >> i have serious reservations on some of his statements in the past. >> reporter: supporters say his infantry service where he was awarded two purple hearts make it superbly qualified. a group wrote to obama to throw his support behind hagel that enjoys the backing that one opinion that matters most. >> he is patriot and he has done extraordinary work. somebody that has served this country with valor in vietnam. somebody who is currently serving on my intelligence advisory board. >> reporter: the white house said no decision has been made on the top pentagon spotted. >> jamie: what kind of confirmation are we in for if the president does nominate him? assistant to vice
would suggest we have gone too far. >> while we typically talk about the pentagon as -- and it's relationship to private industry is going out and buying goods. we have had this discussion here whether it should by ground combat vehicles or keep that on base. the reality is that we are moving to where the pentagon spends more on buying services rather than buying goods. it is not paying people to go make things. it is making in terms of the hours they are billing. the answer to what extent is it we have not seen the kind of savings that have been promised in the study before 1hand. the savings have been political cost savings where you keep your deployed numbers down even though the overall number of people are roughly the same. what is appropriate for contractors? navy some roles that are appropriate to turn over to contractors and others are not we have been willy-nilly about. once you figure it out, then developing good management structure so you get the best price. you have competition. you can say, they have done a terrible job. it comes back to how the contracts have bee
cautioned that no decision was made on the top pentagon spot. but two senior aides said that chuck hagel two term gop senator from nebraska is likely to be nominated. a maverick who opposed the surge in iraq and toureded middle east with cabbed dat obama. gop senator marko rubio may block the nomination unless hagel with draws the opposition of the trade embargo to cuba. they depressed concern about his remarks that veteran mideast diplomat aaron miller. the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here on capitol hill hagel said i am not a israeli senator, i am a
best for our country and those i represent at the pentagon and for all of our citizens. i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. thank you very much. >> thank you for your very kind remarks and the trust you placed in me when asked me to be acting director twice. i have the honor of knowing and working with john brennan for the last 20 years. we have worked particularly closely the last three years. john brennan is an intelligence professional with deep experience in our business. and public servants with extraordinary dedication. a man of deep integrity. with senate confirmation i know he will be in all standing director of the central intelligence agency. john started his career at the cia and spent nearly a quarter century. this is a homecoming. on behalf of the talented and dedicated men and women of cia, it is my deep honor to say "welcome home." >> mr. president, it is a tremendous honor to be nominated to be the director of the central intelligence agency. the women and men of the cia are among the most dedicated, courageous, selfless, and hard working indivi
at the time of leadership changes at the c.i.a. state dent and pentagon. from washington peter bergen cnn national security analyst and author of man hunt the ten year search of bin laden from 9/11 and from new york delaware mark bowden he is author of the finish and the killing of osama bin laden. i want to talk large before we get to specifics. i'll start with you peter bergen. what do you believe about torture as a way to get information that's vital to the united states national security interest at the moment or longer. >> generally speak it's unethical and counterproductive. i'll give you how torture got us involved in the iraq war to a large degree. a guy was tortured by the egyptian security service and told them a bunch of baloney about al-qaeda being trained by saddam hussein. that edged up as a key part of colin powell's -- to the iraq war. it's not only unethical and counterproductive, it can produce misinformation and in this case costly misinformation. >> rose: therefore under no circumstances should it be used? >> yes. i mean it's sort of a principle lesson in civilization
that makes me chuckle that the comment that the pentagon is bloated in its spending. >> right. lori: as he approaches sequestration, meant to be punitive defense spending cuts how is all that going to sort out? >> i think it is one of the questions the republicans in particular have, the question whether or not this is the time to bring that kind of history of criticism of the pentagon and spending, particularly when facing automatic spending cuts that will comprise, even though it is only 1/20th of the spending of the federal government it will comprise 50% of the cuts that is inconvenient. that could be a problem but the president, to his credit, is pushing forward and i say his credit, not supporting or, you know, or criticizing hagel's nomination but i think it is important for any president to stand up to move forward what he thinks is the nomination of the appropriate person to serve as head of one of these departments. melissa: you say the criticism rings hollow. do you think it will not stick? it is only here at the on set and will beers oweser than it looks? >> for example, the th
. obama may appoint mr. hagel to take a place at the pentagon. as almost score setting matter i almost hope he does. it would confirm a point i made earlier this column earlier this year, that mr. obama is not a friend of israel. >> you could hardly think of another leading contender for that position who would be, who would raise more eyebrows than chuck hagel when it comes to israel. you heard earlier jennifer griffin quoting the line about the jewish lobby, which is interesting because millions of americans who are christians and not jewish are also supporters of israel. there is the conflation between the jewish lobby and israel lobby which is very disturbing. there is broader record especially concerning iran would make anyone concerned for the security of is rainfall and the relationship between israel and the united states worried about his position as secretary of defense. jon: but this is a guy who served two terms in the senate. >> right. jon: he is a decorated vietnam veteran, a purple heart recipient. >> two purple hearts. jon: two purple hearts. why not put him in at the t
to do, wind down the war in afghanistan, cut the pentagon budget in a way that protects our security, deal with iran, deal with the middle east. he's going to have a big job to do. he's an impressive guy, as mika said, he's got tons of support, as andrea said, but he does have detractors who he's going to have to win over even if they don't vote for him. >> he has sharp elbows. when i was on the hill, i didn't like the guy. i didn't. a lot of people didn't like the guy. i understand why john mccain wouldn't like a republican senator that endorsed a democrat. i understand. he doesn't play well with others in the sandbox. he certainly didn't when he was in the senate. i got to know him, though, through the years, and we got to know him. we like him. we respect him. he said some things about israel that caused me concerns. >> yeah. >> but he's going to be the president's secretary of defense. and i just wonder, what's better for democrats politically? if barack obama gets his republican secretary of defense or if republicans who, after deep sixing an african-american woman for secretary
by the film comes at the time of leadership changes at the c.i.a. state dent and pentagon. from washington peter bergen cnn national security analyst and author of man hunt, the ten year search of bin laden from 9/11 and from new york delaware mark bowden he is author of the finish and the killing of osama bin laden. i want to talk large before we get to specifics. i'll start with you peter bergen. what do you believe about torture as a way to get information that's vital to the united states national security interest at the moment or longer. >> generally speak it's unethical and counterproductive. i'll give you how torture got us involved in the iraq war to a large degree. a guy was tortured by the egyptian security service and told them a bunch of baloney about al-qaeda being trained by saddam hussein. that edged up as a key part of colin powell's -- to the iraq war. it's not only unethical and counterproductive, it can produce misinformation and in this case costly misinformation. >> rose: therefore under no circumstances should it be used? >> yes. i mean it's sort of a principle less
, for those that i represent at the pentagon and for all of our citizens. mr. president i will always give you my honest and most informed council. >> mr. president, thank you for your very kind remarks. thank you for the trust that you placed in me. i have had the honor of aning and working with john brennan for the last 20 years. john is an intelligence professional with deep experience in our business, a public servant with extraordinary dedication. and a man of deep integrity. the senate confirmation, i know that he will be an outstanding director of the central intelligence agency. as the president noted john started his career at c.i.a. and spent nearly a quarter of a century. this is a homecoming for john. john, on behalf of the talented and dedicated men and women of c.i.a. it is my deep honor to say welcome home. >> it is a tremendous honor to be nominated to be the director of the central intelligence agency. the women and men of the c.i.a. are among the most dedicated, courage us, selfless and hard working individuals that have ever served this country at great personal risk and sac
are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live from washington this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> opposition to hagel comes from the right and left. can you break down the issues? >> yeah. i think it has to really start with israel because the people who believe that he is not a supporter of israel, in fact, they would question his devotion to anything that would help israel. he, for instance, believes in talking to hamas. he also has come out against iran sanctions by the united states. and so that gets other people very worried about his position. he opposed the surge in afghanistan. and when you get into that issue, the gay issue, so called, about 14 years ago he made some comments about an ambassadorial nomination who as he put it was openly and aggressively gay. now that's, of course, a buzz saw of criticism. so it's not
leon panetta about the pentagon's budget. he said the military is being forced to prepare for the worse due to the threat of severe budget cuts that are set to kick in on march 1st. this is a result of the fiscal cliff negotiations which failed to end the process known as sequestration. he said it's threatening the pentagon's ability to defend the nation. >> all told, this uncertainty, if left unresolved by the congress, will seriously harm our military readiness. >> panetta said he is being forced to curtail facility maintenance for non-critical activities, to freeze the hiring of civilians and take additional cost-cutti inting measures. >>> a report by the justice department reveals more light on the secret service escort problem last year. overall nine secret service agents implicated in dealing with prostitutes resigned or retired from the service. >>> we could learn today if officials in washington, d.c. will bring charges against nbc. david gregory used a high capacity gun magazine as a prop last month during an interview duri daught with an nra member. >>> it is not every day you
country, for those we represent at the pentagon and for all seasons. mr. president, ill always give you my most honest counsel. thank you very much. >> let's bring back john harwood as we dip way from remarks of people who have been nominated or leaving office, including chuck hagel, and to. /* give us some reasons why he is regarded as a maverick. >> he will have to answer questions about his views on israel. he's been more critical than most american politicians. questions about his stands and how tough it is on irans. these are concerns that republicans have raised. he will also have to address concerns. he begun to do so about his stance on guy right because he said some things in the 1990s about an appointee that clinton had that concerns members of the guy community. sew will have to address all of those. there are concerns on the left and right. but i expect he will be confirmed ultimately. this is a day to celebrate and the president says he expect the he is not rate to probably confirm. i have to say, before we get out, a nod to leon panetta who has been an extraordinary public se
and on the president's policy descriptions for the pentagon. so i am not worried about chuck hagel, about what he said 15 years ago, especially since he has since apologized and has made affirmative statements. >> yes, he has, indeed. now, john, john brennan has 25 years of service at the cia. he's expected to be questioned rigorously on the issue of torture or enhanced interrogation techniques as they're known by some. does this present mr. brennan with some real challenge given his oversight of enhanced interrogation techniques under the previous administration? >> well, i mean, since he was there in the previous administration, if the senate wants to ask him those questions, then, yes, they will provide some discomfort for him, but remember when president obama came into office, it was he who said we are no longer doing this. this is not who we are as a country, and so if the senate wants to litigate past battles that even the president of the united states doesn't want to litigate, then that's on them. >> okay. final question to you, jimmy, how do you think his leadership, mr. brennan's leadership
at the pentagon and for all of our citizens. i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. thank you very much. bid>> thank you for your very kd remarks and the trust you placed in me when asked me to be acting director twice. i have the honor of knowing and working with john brennan for the last 20 years. we have worked particularly closely the last three years. john brennan is an intelligence professional with deep experience in our business. and public servants with extraordinary dedication. a man of deep integrity. with senate confirmation i know he will be in all standing director of the central intelligence agency. john started his career at the cia and spent nearly a quarter century. this is a homecoming. on behalf of the talented and dedicated men and women of cia, it is my deep honor to say "welcome home." >> mr. president, it is a tremendous honor to be nominated to be the director of the central intelligence agency. the women and men of the cia are among the most dedicated, courageous, selfless, and hard working individuals. at great personal risk and sacrifice they have m
had received three separate briefings from the pentagon, saying that they were counting on getting rid of the really bad leaders of the iraqi army and filling it back up with trusted individuals because the structure was still there rather than build an entire new army. the cia felt that was terrific ago. i did, my stuffed it in the president was briefed that this was what were going to do. so suddenly between the pentagon come it's not clear where it all originated. gave jerry bremmer of the necessary guidance and instructions to disband the army if that's what he thought was ray. jerry issued the order, disbanding the army. i did know was going to happen. the joint chiefs of staff did not. cia did i and suddenly the army is totally disbanded and you have hundreds of thousands of people who are armed and trained and who were set free within a few airliner pensions and we had to pay some of them in order to keep peace. when we started to rebuild an iraqi army, i think it was a bad decision. she would tell you it's the right decision, but i think it was the wrong decision must import th
'donnell. le >>> a battle is brewing with and n president obama's pick to head the pentagon. critics at critics promised a tough n proc confirmation process for former huck hagel senator chuck hagel. >> there are also questions o about the president's nomination his to run the cia, antiterrorism bi chief, john brennan. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president's choice of chuck hagel for pentagon and john brennan for cia means a the whit confirmation battle. the white house went into this knowing that. w so there's a campaign to win thek that battle. is not some senators think hagel is not others that tough nouf on iran others that l. he's not committed to israel. brennan is under scrutiny by those who want to know if he was involved in harsh interrogation w programs when he was at the administ white house during the george them on bush administration. the president defended his hagel' nominees as he announced them. our >> chuck hagel's leadership of the our military would be historic. he would be the first person of ser
and pentagon. now, investigators are looking at records of those interactions to determine whether the filmmakers had any inappropriate access to sensitive information. >> i never asked for classified material. to my knowledge, i never received any. >> reporter: in a december statement to cia personnel, acting director michael morell, called the film a dramatization. saying it creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques were the key to finding bin laden. that impression was false. but he said some of the information leading to the capture came from those interrogation techniques. the filmmakers stress that this is not a documentary. it's a movie. it's based on actual events. but some of them are dramatized. >> okay, martha, thank you very much. >>> now, we're going to turn to an alarming report about americans asleep at the wheel. the new research shows it's happening a lot more than you might think. to 1 in 24 adults. and the true numbers are likely higher because some people don't realize they're nodding off. abc's ron claiborne is here with the detai
was the work you did. and that's how he will operate in the pentagon. >> i can just ask you. good luck to you. this will be a big fight in washington i think. on that point, you say his record on israel has been distorted. but the record on the rights issues is pretty clear. he received a 0% rating from the human rights campaign, which rates members of congress on these issues. but i think going forward, he has an opportunity to show he can be a real leader on this. can you say today he's fully committed to protecting the rights of gays and lesbians to serve in the military? what actions will he take? >> he will support the president's policy of letting people open the service, and i have no doubt about that. i would commend to you and your readers, a piece for "atlantic monthly," go on the atlantic site, steve wrote a great piece from a credible perspective about senator hagel's relationship with the lgbt community. we will have a chance in senate hearings for on senator hagel to address this head on. i suspect maybe he is second only to rg3 this morning in terms of washington's bandwidth. i
, do my best for our country, for those i represent at the pentagon and for all our citizens. mr. president, i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. thank you very much. >> mr. president, thank you for your very kind remarks and thank you for the trust that you've placed in me when you asked me to be acting director twice. i have had the honor of knowing and working with john brennan for the last 20 years. we have worked particularly closely the last three years. john brennan is an intelligence professional with deep experience in our business, a public servant with extraordinary dedication and a man of deep integrity. with senate confirmation, i know that he will be an outstanding director of the central intelligence agency. as the president noted, john started his career at the cia and spent nearly a quarter century. so, this is a homecoming for john. john, on behalf of the talented and dedicated men and women of cia, it is my deep honor to say, welcome home. >> . >> mr. president, it is indeed a tremendous honor to be nominated to be the director of the cen
in afghanistan. similar to the issue of draw- down, i am still getting recommendations from the pentagon and our commanders on the ground in terms of what that would look like. and when we have more information about that, i will be describing that to the american people. i think president karzai's primary concern, and you will hear directly from him to muck is making sure afghan sovereignty is respected. and if we have a follow-on force of any sort past 2014, it has to be at the invitation of the afghan government, and they have to feel comfortable with it appeared, i will say, as i have said to president karzai, that we have a grievance with countries like this all around the world, and nowhere do we have any kind of security agreement with a country without immunity for our troops. that is how by as commander in chief can make sure that our folks are protected in carrying out very difficult missions. i think president karzai understands that. i do not want to get a head of research in terms of the negotiations that are still remaining on the bilateral security agreement, but from my perspecti
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